It required a gritty half-century from an experienced campaigner like Shoaib Malik to help Pakistan clinch a thrilling three-wicket win over Afghanistan in the second Super Four match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Also Read - IPL 2021 | From Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Anrich Nortje: Five Bowlers to Watch Out For in Upcoming Season
After a dramatic final half hour in the chase of 258, Pakistan left themselves needing 10 from the final over with Malik (51*) on strike and Aftab Alam (0/64) with the ball in his hand. Malik missed the first delivery but smote the second for six over square-leg before turning the next through fine-leg for four to send the Pakistan fans in the crowd wild and leave the bowler in dismay. Also Read - IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra Predicts Purple Cap Winner For Upcoming Season
Star Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan took three wickets in his 10 overs and gave Pakistan some lusty blows. However, it didn’t turn out to be enough for the minnows as Men in Green emerged victorious. Pakistani fans were quite jubilant following team’s win. However, they were not too pleased by some of the celebrations on display by Rashid. Also Read - Asghar Afghan Breaks MS Dhoni's Massive Record, Becomes Most Successful T20I Captain
The fiery leg-spinner after dismissing Asif Ali and Mohammad Nawaz Nawaz gave them a send-off which didn’t go well with the Pakistani fans.
Here are some of the reactions:
Meanwhile, Rashid has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct. The 20-year-old was found to have violated Article 2.1.7, which deals with “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”